Fulham 1-0 Sheffield United: Ademola Lookman goal boosts Cottagers hopes of avoiding relegation

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Ademola Lookman has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other Fulham player this season (4 goals, 3 assists)

Ademola Lookman’s goal boosted Fulham’s hopes of Premier League survival as they claimed a vital win over fellow strugglers Sheffield United.

The Cottagers remain 18th but have cut a 10-point gap to Newcastle in 17th, to just three points inside a week.

Scott Parker’s side dominated for long periods but it took them until just after the hour mark to break the deadlock.

Joachim Andersen’s raking pass was superbly collected by Lookman, who profited from weak defending by Ethan Ampadu to cut inside and drill a shot through the legs of Blades goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek had earlier seen visiting defender George Baldock hook his goal-bound effort to safety after he prodded past Ramsdale.

And while the hosts had goalkeeper Alphonse Areola to thank for a point-blank save which denied Enda Stevens an equaliser, they more than merited only their second top-flight win at Craven Cottage this term.

Fulham start to believe?

While Fulham have now only lost one of their past seven top-flight matches, their biggest problem has been transforming creditable draws into victories.

Only Brighton have drawn more games than Parker’s side this term and until Lookman delivered the game’s defining moment it looked like being another occasion on which they were frustrated.

However, having collected eight points from the past 12 available, Parker will now feel that his side have given themselves a chance of reeling in the clubs above them.

Newcastle, whose game in hand is at Old Trafford on Sunday, are the most obvious target but even the likes of Brighton and Burnley are now within sight.

A third clean sheet in the past four matches augurs well in that regard but Parker will also be aware that his side need to become more clinical in front of goal.

Just six of their 15 shots found the target and the likes of Lookman, Loftus-Cheek and Mario Lemina all had good opportunities to make the margin of victory more comfortable.

More to follow.

Player of the match

LookmanAdemola Lookman

Fulham

  1. Squad number19Player nameLookman

  2. Squad number5Player nameAndersen

  3. Squad number1Player nameAreola

  4. Squad number21Player nameReed

  5. Squad number15Player nameLoftus-Cheek

  6. Squad number29Player nameZambo Anguissa

  7. Squad number34Player nameAina

  8. Squad number16Player nameTosin

  9. Squad number33Player nameRobinson

  10. Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid

  11. Squad number27Player nameMaja

  12. Squad number17Player nameCavaleiro

  13. Squad number18Player nameLemina

  14. Squad number2Player nameTete

Sheffield United

  1. Squad number1Player nameRamsdale

  2. Squad number6Player nameBasham

  3. Squad number15Player nameJagielka

  4. Squad number10Player nameSharp

  5. Squad number22Player nameAmpadu

  6. Squad number29Player nameBryan

  7. Squad number17Player nameMcGoldrick

  8. Squad number2Player nameBaldock

  9. Squad number3Player nameStevens

  10. Squad number16Player nameNorwood

  11. Squad number20Player nameBogle

  12. Squad number9Player nameMcBurnie

  13. Squad number7Player nameLundstram

  14. Squad number4Player nameFleck

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Areola
  • 34Aina
  • 5Andersen
  • 16Tosin
  • 33Robinson
  • 29Zambo AnguissaBooked at 45mins
  • 21Reed
  • 17CavaleiroSubstituted forTeteat 78′minutes
  • 15Loftus-Cheek
  • 19LookmanSubstituted forDe Cordova-Reidat 90+2′minutes
  • 27MajaSubstituted forLeminaat 86′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tete
  • 3Hector
  • 4Odoi
  • 12Rodák
  • 13Ream
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 18Lemina
  • 23Bryan
  • 25Onomah

Sheff Utd

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 22Ampadu
  • 15JagielkaSubstituted forBogleat 80′minutes
  • 29Bryan
  • 2BaldockBooked at 79mins
  • 6BashamSubstituted forNorwoodat 51′minutes
  • 7LundstramSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 74′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 9McBurnie
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 13Lowe
  • 14Burke
  • 16Norwood
  • 17McGoldrick
  • 18Foderingham
  • 20Bogle
  • 23Osborn
  • 24Brewster
  • 31Brunt

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